Starting out as a tarot reader can be confusing: should you learn card meanings first, or hone your intuition? Which cards are the “bad” cards? How can you figure out what the signs and symbols mean in your everyday life?
I have been reading cards for over sixteen years, but they are still learning new things about tarot, intuition, and mediumship every day. The Temperance Queer Tarot’s YouTube channel strives to be a place where new readers can learn old tricks, and long-time readers can brush up on tarot history right along with magical theory and practice.
Here are two of the five mistakes I’ve made and seen:
5. Not Practicing Often Enough
New readers may find learning tarot daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! The more often you practice tarot (without overwhelming yourself, of course) the more confident you will be when you read your cards.
It’s hard to know exactly how much to practice as a new reader, but just like learning any new skill, it’s important to practice tarot as much as you can. For some people, this could mean everyday. For others, you may just practice once or twice per week.
I recommend keeping a journal where you write down all the cards that you pull in a reading. Underneath the list of cards, write how you felt when you pulled them, what you think they mean, and how you think they interact with one another.
4. Not Paying attention to Your Dreams
Tarot and dream interpretation are twin arts. Studying them together helps you learn both.
One of the most helpful things that I was recommended when I first started reading was sleeping with one of the tarot cards you pull that day under your pillow and then interpreting your dreams when you wake up in the morning. That strategy also works in reverse, if you wake up in the morning having had a confusing dream, use tarot to help you figure out what it means.
Watch the video to see if you’re making any of these simple tarot mistakes? Did we miss any that you would include? Drop it in the comments?